Volunteers Needed to Remove Brush in Fruita Waterway
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- Officials with the City of Fruita are asking the Grand Valley for help to clean out a waterway that is a high fire risk to the city.
The Little Salt Wash in Fruita has been the scene for several small fires over the past few years, but officials fear a fire could break out that would stretch the whole length of the creek.
The risk is higher than other locations due to an infestation of foreign plants and trees.
These species, salt cedar and Russian olive, overtook the cottonwood species that originated there.
Worst yet, these invasive species grow back very quickly, and in even greater numbers, after fires.
"If you have a fire, they all sprout right back very thickly. so you might say fire favors those species over our native ones," said Doug Paul, Fire Mitigation Specialist.
Those interested in volunteering are asked to meet city officials at 8 A.M. Saturday morning at Dean Court, near K 6/10 Road and 18 Road.
Officials suggest volunteers bring work clothes, gloves, eye protection, rakes, loppers, and any other tools that will aid in removing dead wood, brush, leaves and weeds.
Volunteers have already committed to participate from local fire departments, the Bureau of Land Management, and Colorado Mesa University.
Similar projects will take place later this spring in Mesa, Glade Park, and along the Colorado River in the Grand Valley.